SCOTUS reinstates substantially all of Trump Travel Order

and another!

From Legal Insurrection:
In a per curiam Order (full embed at bottom of post), the Supreme Court agreed to hear the Trump Travel Order cases, and also substantially lifted the injunctions, with the exception of people seeking admission who already have a bona fide connection to the U.S.

This represents a huge win for Trump. The key element of his Second Travel Order (the one at issue on appeal) was to exercise his constitutional and statutory power to exclude persons from the U.S. The lower courts effectively took that power away, and substituted their own judgments as to security threats. With […]

Supreme Court Ruling on Trinity Lutheran Playground Decision

A clear win for religious liberty!

From Family Research Council:
Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced the Court’s decision in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer. This marked the first major religious liberty case since Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the Court earlier this year. Family Research Council, as a part of a coalition, submitted an amicus brief in the case.

FRC’s Director of the Center for Religious Liberty, Travis Weber, Esq., attended the oral arguments at the Court. On the decision, Weber commented:

“This win for Trinity Lutheran Church is a win for the freedoms that Americans have long […]

Roger Debunks some myths re: “Zoning”

From Sunday’s SHJ:
Myth Busters was a great show: Dispel/explain truths about common myths. Spartanburg County is close to a draft of the technical aspects of our Area Performance Plan, so I’ll do some Myth-Busting of my own.

Myth #1: “The County is ‘Working to Regulate Growth …’ ” Debunked! Contrary to the erroneous article in the Herald-Journal, we are not working to “regulate growth in the Southwest corridor.” Exact opposite.

Traditional zoning is government restriction of property and property rights to put uses (commercial, residential, etc.) in places where government decides they should go. This is like trying to move a creek […]

Spartanburg County Council approves pay raises for deputies

From SHJ:
Spartanburg County Council approved a pay increase for entry-level deputies in its budget for the new fiscal year.

The $198 million budget for fiscal 2017-18 was approved on final reading Monday with no tax increases. Entry-level pay for deputies was raised from $30,285 to $37,000 annually.

Council members amended the spending plan to increase the pay for additional personnel in the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, including master deputies, senior detectives and corporals.

County Administrator Katherine O’Neill said pay for those positions will be raised to $46,000 annually for any who were making less than that. To cover the cost, council took $400,000 […]

Training coming! Citizens for Self Governance! July 22

We originally had this training scheduled back in February, however the instructor’s plane had some mechanical problems on the way to SC, so we had to cancel.  We are ready to reschedule!

This is the training that our pal Stacy Shea recommended so strongly – she was part of the leadership team who helped Rex Rice defeat Larry Martin in the last primary in Pickens County.  I say we want to learn what she knows, don’t you?  This class is one in a series of five trainings, and if there is interest, we will bring all five to Spartanburg!.

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Judicial selection committee has a new member: a former senator

Hannah Hill reporting at explains why SC’s Judicial System is so rigged:
The state’s Judicial Merit Selection Committee screens and nominates judicial candidates. Its members are picked by the House Speaker and the Senate President Pro Tem. State law requires that four of the ten be “selected from the general public” (the other six must be sitting legislators).

That takes us to former former Senator Wes Hayes. It’s not our intent to denigrate him in any way – for all we know, he may be an ideal JMSC member. But there are two things wrong with his recent appointment.

First, when the […]

How Can Citizens Get Answers on Roads?

SC Policy Council has provided some information on how an ordinary citizen can keep their eye on what the SCDOT is doing, and provides contact information:
South Carolina’s transportation system is not accountable to any one elected official, and that’s by design. Even so, after several years of pressure from citizens and some piecemeal changes to the law, there are ways for South Carolinians to engage with transportation policymakers.

(1) Citizens can call the governor’s office. The governor isn’t directly responsible for road funding decisions, but thanks to the 2017 law that raised the gas tax, he does have the power to […]

Spartanburg Young Republicans to meet Tuesday June 20

The Spartanburg Young Republicans will be this coming Tuesday, June 20th, at 6:30 in the meeting room at Delaney’s Irish Pub in downtown Spartanburg! (It is the large room in the hallway when heading out the back door of Delaney’s)

We will be discussing what everyone expects from the group and what activities we would like to focus on, as well as, get a good idea on when everyone is available for our monthly meetings.

Do you have any friends that would be interested in getting more involved locally in the Republican party? Bring them with you! Our meetings are always open […]

Thinking about homeschooling? This event is for you.

A free seminar for parents interested in homeschooling will take place in Easley, SC in July.  Parents who are thinking about homeschooling, or parents who recently started to homeschool, are encouraged to attend.

Date:  Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Location:  United Wesleyan Church, 738 Rice Road, Easley, SC 29640.  The church is located off of Highway 8 between Easley and Pickens near the old Arial Mill.

Gale Farrier of the SC Home Educators Association and Kristi Brooks of Christian Home Educators of Easley will be speaking to parents about necessary decisions to begin homeschooling and the options available to parents.  Topics […]

Spartanburg GOP County meeting Thursday June 22

If you are on the county GOP email list you probably saw the official email about this upcoming executive committee meeting (and if you are not, let me know and I’ll get you added).  I’m encouraging folks to go EVEN IF you are not your precinct executive committeeman – it will be a good kick off for the new leadership team and I anticipate some enthusiastic and visionary plans being shared at this meeting – with a tone and seriousness and professional direction we’ve lacked for a while.

Of course if you are your precinct executive committeeman please attend.  Check in […]